FDA raids – Fish with Formalin

In recent raids of fish consignments by FDA Formalin is detected in fish samples of various States. (kindly go through below links to know more on raids). Directorate of Fisheries concern about quality of fish and instructed their officers to check fish consignments for safety and quality of fish.

Fishermen faces lot of economic loss as approximately 50% of catch gets deteriorated till it reaches to shore. From shore to end user (or fisheries) the freshness of fish becomes lesser and lesser. The recent raids indicates that Fishermen use formalin to preserve their catch for longer time. Fishermen are unaware of risks of long term exposure of formalin and also not aware about any other safe alternatives to increase self life of fish.

In this post, we would like to provide information about Formalin and other safe alternative to preserve and increase shelf life of fish and seafood.

What is Formalin:

When formaldehyde is dissolved in water, it is known as formalin,  which is commonly used as an industrial disinfectant, and part of embalming chemicals. (we shall see what is embalming chemicals in subsequent paragraphs)

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in making building materials and many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. It is also used to make other chemicals.

A mixture of  formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol, and other solvents is used to preserve bodies of deceased persons and in the case of medical research cadavers is known as embalming chemicals.

Typically, embalming fluid contains a mixture of formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol, and other solvents. The main chemicals in embalming fluid  are formaldehyde, phenol, methanol, and glycerin. These chemicals may be hazardous if they get into your body, through inhalation, ingestion, injection or absorption.

Is Formaldehyde is toxic? Can formaldehyde cause cancer?

Study in Animals

Exposure to formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory test animals. In rats, inhaled formaldehyde was linked to cancers of the nasal cavity and leukemia

Study in human

Several epidemiology studies of people exposed to formaldehyde in the workplace have reported a link between formaldehyde exposure and nasopharynx ((the uppermost part of the throat). One study found that workers exposed to formaldehyde had higher than normal levels of chromosome changes in early white blood cells in their bone marrow. This finding supports the possible link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia.

What expert agencies say

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is formed from parts of several different US government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The NTP lists formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its major goal is to identify causes of cancer. IARC has concluded that formaldehyde is “carcinogenic to humans” based on higher risks of nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), an electronic database that contains information on human health effects from exposure to various substances in the environment. The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a “probable human carcinogen.”

National Cancer Institute researchers have concluded that, based on data from studies in people and from lab research, exposure to formaldehyde may cause leukemia, particularly myeloid leukemia, in humans.

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Risk of Formalin as Fish Preservative – Cancer

What is the SOLUTION: PRESERFISH  is the solution.

Can we have something safe and approved which increase shelflife, reduce deterioration and preserve fish?

Yes, there is an answer. Time tested, proven safe and approved antimicrobial agent to preserve fish and to increase income of fishermen with any health hazards.

PreserFish is antimicrobial agent which is FSSAI approved product which contains FDA approved food additives. (to know more please visit : www.preserfish.com

Preserfish comes in powder form and can be easy used, it is non-toxic and falls under the category of “GRAS’ – Generally recognized as safe by all the above said agencies which define Formalin carcinogenic.

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Safe Fish Preservative – PreserFish

Links showing FDA raids and also procedure for detection of formalin : https://bit.ly/2uqY49T https://bit.ly/2NQKwfP https://bit.ly/2LmJpD9

If you want to know more about PRESERFISH mail at info@preserfish.com or call at +91-8291950615/6.

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